Let bygones be bygones as you move forward now into new life. Leave behind old regrets and resentments that will only inhibit you, hold you back and keep you attached to an old self who was not yet prepared to advance. The first step in advancement is to decide what you will take with you and what you will leave behind, ashes on the sacrificial funeral pyre. For every new beginning requires the sacrifice of something old. What no longer belongs in your life? What needs to go? It’s never too late to make a move in a new and positive direction. It’s never too late to change.
To learn from mistakes made you must be willing to delve into why you made the mistakes to begin with. It is good to move on from mistakes without regrets but far better to understand the self and be able to move on with a better concept of who you are, taking with you new knowledge of the self so that your future may be better understood as well. Know yourself in a deeper way and you will indeed have no regrets.
Remain upon your path of heart without the past intruding, and if it does, face it and dismantle its power and desire to follow you. Contend with it so that it no longer holds sway, and carry on knowing that you did what you could. And without regret, blame and shame, move on. If you take the past with you there will be no future. Leave the past in the past and be in the now, for that is the gateway to change and a path of heart is all about change. When all is said and done, and you ask yourself, “What have I done in this life?” may your answer be, “I have changed. I have taken a path of heart.”
Today, I asked Jeanne for guidance and here is what she offers us as we begin a new week:
Do not lose the self in regret, for there is no life there. Work through decisions made, choices, actions, and events in your lives—those self-imposed and those imposed by nature, the universe, and the actions of others—and, taking your lessons forward, keep moving into new life.
The world is changing too fast now. Are you going to be part of a new evolution revolution? That is really the only choice to make now. Such an evolution begins inside the self, in deciding whether or not you are ready to move on into new life, for that is what revolution offers: The opportunity for new life!
A personal revolution must precede external revolution. Though outer energy of revolt may precipitate a personal awakening, there will be no long-term impact in a positive direction if individuals do not elect to revolt within the self.
Revolt within the self takes many forms, but I suggest that a personal revolt be kindly and gently considerate of the self, but firmly imposed, that it be acquiesced to, documented, and processed with intent, as you remain always fully aware that it is taking you on a path leading to new life. This is the most long-lasting and evolutionary form of change.
As I have spoken of many times over the past decade: Change is here, present and active, but maturity and fearlessness must accompany an evolutionary change if you are to truly grow.
What do you truly seek in your personal life? What voice inside you speaks, asking to be heard? Who inside you wants to live?
As you ask these questions of the self, look at what holds you back and question it. Be truthful and deeply honest with the self as you ask: Is it real? Does it exist in reality, or is it something cogitated by the mind, placed there long ago? Did someone else plant an idea inside you that is keeping you stuck?
When I speak of moving on into new life with no regrets, I speak of severing all ties to old ideas of the self, to that which arouses fear and badness, guilt and pleasure alike. Learn to let go and find new life and new energy on your own terms now. This is what life itself requests at the turn of this new century.
The revolutionary energy of change is in constant flux; it does not hesitate, but remember that it is also ever-present, just waiting for your own circumstances to intersect it. When you are ready it will receive you. All you have to do is recognize it, tap into it, and go with the flow of it.
Are you ready now? Begin with asking that question, for it would be foolhardy to leap into such energy unprepared. Know the self deeply and with sobriety and maturity, taking full responsibility, decide how you wish to live in a rapidly changing world. No matter what choice you make, go into your life without regrets, for there is no life, no evolutionary energy, in regret.